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How to Select a Contractor

January 16, 2017

5 Tips You Should Know About Picking a Contractor

We have come across numerous instances where we had to take over or re-do another Hawaii contractor’s work because of shoddy construction.  Or they simply didn’t deliver on what they promised.   HK Construction has four generations of experience under our belt and we know what kind of relationship you should have with your contractor.


1. Make sure they are licensed.  
A licensed contractor has met several standards to demonstrate competence and knowledge, and must be approved by a governing body to gain a license. However, if a contractor with a license is producing inadequate work, they can have their license revoked.  An unlicensed contractor has no such regulation and standards to maintain.


2. Find a bondable contractor.
What does “bonded” mean?  A bonded contractor generally means that they have secured money through a bond that is available to the customer in the event they file a claim against the company.  The bond is controlled by the state and not by the contractor.


3. Hire an insured contractor.
By having an insured contractor, you are generally protected from liability if something bad should happen.  For example, if one of their workers gets hurt on the job, if they aren’t insured, the claim will go against your homeowner’s policy. However, with an insured contractor, the claim will go to their insurance.


4. Make sure they listen.
When working with a contractor, find one that will work with you to fulfill your needs based on your budget.  Don’t let them talk you into a project that is more than you need or want, simply to increase the cost of the project to increase their profit.  A good and reputable contractor will be with you from planning through completion to make sure your questions and concerns are addressed.


5. Make sure they are accessible.
There’s no worse feeling than being in the middle of a job and not being able to reach your contractor.  Even if they aren’t able to pick up the phone at the moment, do they make an effort to return your calls?  Communication is key to any relationship and you should have open lines of communication to your contractor.










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